It looks like poor Taylor Lautner was the victim of a slow news day. Late Monday night, a People magazine cover purportedly featuring an "exclusive" story about Lautner coming out as homosexual hit the Internet; it was almost as quickly as debunked as a total forgery.

"Absolutely fake," a People magazine representative told Gossip Cop when confronted with the cover story, which features a picture of Lautner and the headline "Out & Proud." The fake issue is dated Jan. 7, 2012.

According to THR, the fake story about the 'Breaking Dawn' star fooled at least one person: Russell Simmons, who tweeted his support for Lautner before realizing he was duped. "Disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality," Simmons wrote on Twitter. "Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be..."

Click over to THR for a look at the fake cover.



[Photo: Getty]



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